Actress Taraji P. Henson Replaces Steve Harvey as Host of BET’s 2014 “Celebration of Gospel”
The Best of Both Worlds: Gospel and R&B Vocal Powerhouses Unite as Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, India.Arie and Jonathan McReynolds, Donnie McClurkin, SWV, Tye Tribbett, Erica Campbell, Ruben Studdard, ChantĂ© Moore, Hezekiah Walker, Lalah Hathaway, Tasha Cobbs, Kem, Tamela Mann and More Come Together to Bring the Praise
BET Networksâ Annual Praise-Fest Tapes Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA
Academy AwardÂź nominated actress Taraji P. Henson has been chosen to host BETâs #1 gospel music special, âCelebration of Gospel.â The multi-talented Taraji takes over the role as Steve Harvey, king of comedy and all things media, ends his historic 13-year run. Taraji will bring her own charming and high voltage personality to the stage as the best singers in gospel, R&B and pop music come together for one powerful night of television.
“I am thrilled to join the BET ‘Celebration of Gospel’ family. I look forward to a great evening of incredible music and continuing the rich history of BET and gospel music which started 14 years ago hosted by the talented and very funny Steve Harvey,” said Taraji Henson.
This year, âCelebration of Gospelâ will feature even more captivating pairings between gospel and R&B artists including âAmerican Idolâ winner Ruben Studdard, âSunday Bestâ winner Le’Andria Johnson, and soulful crooner Kem, who will join forces to raise the praise as a triumphant trio. Acoustic soul artist India.Arie will team up with Christian contemporary artist Jonathan McReynolds for a special performance. Female R&B group SWV and the renowned Rance Allen Group will also join together to anoint the crowd through song.
âCelebration of Gospelâ will also offer dynamic duets by Donnie McClurkin and Tye Tribbett; Lalah Hathaway and Zacardi Cortez; and ChantĂ© Moore and VaShawn Mitchell. A touching tribute to gospel music pioneer Richard Smallwood and rousing spoken word pieces from Pastor Shirley Caesar and Dr. Bobby Jones will also highlight the night.
âSince itsâ inception, âCelebration of Gospelâ has brought together the best voices from both the secular and gospel music worlds to give praise like only they can,â said President of Music Programming & Specials, Stephen Hill for BET Networks. âThis year is no exception because at the end of the day, everyone’s roots are in gospel music. A gathering of powerful singers like these on one show can only happen on BET.â
Experience the life-changing power of gospel music with rousing, spirit-filled performances by powerhouses including Yolanda Adams, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs, Deitrick Haddon, J.J. Hairston, âSunday Bestâ Season 6 winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and current âAmerican Idolâ Candice Glover. Additionally, NAACP Image Award winner, Charlie Wilson will share his testimony in a sanctified song titled âIf I Believeâ thatâs sure to shift the atmosphere.
BETâs annual gospel music special, âCelebration of Gospelâ tapes Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7 p.m./PST at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA, and will premiere on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8 p.m./EST.
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